Our Core Values
- We are a local Church.
- We are followers of Christ
- We are grateful worshipers
- We are children of the King
- We are His people
- We are the family of God
These values drive our ministry.
How we express our values establishes the culture of our church.
Jesus is the preeminent example of compassion. He loves and accepts people where they are and inspires them to grow in faith. Our compassion is expressed by our love for others, our neighbors as well as strangers – especially the widow, the orphan, the impoverished in our city and around the world.
Mark 6:34 NIV: “When Jesus saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them.”
James 1:27 NIV: “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.”
2. The Local Church
The local church is the Hope of the world. We demonstrate our dedication to Jesus Christ and the global church by our commitment to the local church. Our faith is expressed through heartfelt worship and prayer.
Our focus is on what we are for — not what we are against.
Eph 3:10-11 NLT: “God’s purpose was to use the Church to display His wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord.”
3. Genuine Faith
Genuine faith is authentic and personal, integrating our beliefs and our lifestyle. We do not value meaningless traditions or just “going through the motions” of church life. Flexibility is crucial, so that we may respond to God’s direction and be effective in honoring Him.
Mark 12:30 NIV: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.”
We live with “radical generosity.” We value generosity because God was generous to us.
2 Corinthians 9:11 NIV: “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Excellence honors God and inspires people. We always give our best effort — and a little more.
Colossians 3:2: “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
1 Tim 3:13 NIV: “Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.”
Our focus is to reach the lost and lead them to be mature followers of Jesus. We will do whatever it takes to reach people who don’t know Him. To reach people no one is reaching, we must do things no one else is doing.
Luke 19:10 NIV / Mark 16:15 NLV: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost ‘Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone.’”
Authentic leadership is about serving God, serving people and inspiring others to make a difference in the world. Leadership is about picking up the “towel of service,” not pursuing titles of authority. Effective leadership requires creativity. We are focused on the next generation – raising tomorrow’s leaders today.
1 Timothy 4:12 NLT: “Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity.”
We make decisions that honor God and we strive to have Christ-like character. We always ask, “What is the honorable thing to do?” If we live with integrity, nothing else matters. If we don’t live with integrity, nothing else matters.
Proverbs 11:3 NIV: “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”
We work hard, play regularly and laugh often. Nothing is more fun than serving God with people you love!
Psalm 126:2-3 NIV: “Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”
10. Authentic Community
We don’t just attend church together – we “do life” together. Healthy relationships are the foundation of a fulfilling life.
John 13:35 NIV: “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
11. Sacrificial Living
We live in “second-mile” Christianity – representing Christ and serving others. We give up things we love for things we love even more. It’s an honor to sacrifice for Christ and His church. We are contributors not consumers.
Matthew 5:41 NIV: “If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.”
We value diversity in church and in life. We all have the same value in God’s eyes, regardless of race, gender or life status.
Galatians 3:28 NIV: “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
To honor others is to love, give value to and encourage. Treat others like VIPs. Dishonor is to treat others as “common.”
Romans 12:10: “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”
1 Corinthians 12:23: “[A]nd the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor.”
Matthew 15:8: “These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.”
The church is a house of prayer. Prayer is powerful, effective and essential.
Ephesians 6:18: “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Colossians 4:2: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”
Luke 19:6 NIV: “My house will be a house of prayer.”
God is creative and we are created in His image. Creativity brings color and freshness to our life. Creativity allows uniqueness and diversity, and can be an expression of God’s grace.
Genesis 1:27: “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”